Once the King of Sports, Boxing Now Needs a Make Over

Matthew ZivicContributor IFebruary 18, 2009

The answer is as simple as subtraction. The equation to fix boxing involves the "less is more" philosophy.

There are 40 so-called world champions! How many of them can you name off the top your head right now? It's absurd!

The four governing bodies—WBA, WBO, IBF, and WBC—are making a mockery of the sport.

To bring back the glory days of what once was "the king of all sports," a single governing body must be created along with one belt for a maximum of eight weight classes. The UFC is a perfect example, with five classes, all with recognizable champions.

The glory days of boxing—the 1920s—presented fights with up to 120,000 people in attendance. While we may never see that again, if bigger outdoor venues, like baseball and football stadiums, and lower ticket prices were adopted, interest in boxing would rise again. 

UFC has proven that man-to-man fighting has not lost its allure.